Asian Influenced Essential Oils for Pain & Inflammation: Un-Thai Those Muscles

Tom Yum soup for dinner. A healthy delight and deliciously exotic (from an American perspective). Coconut milk, lemongrass, bok choy, ginger, lime, turmeric, cilantro. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory – common benefits to Thai cooking and many of the Asian herbs and foods. Tom Yum Soup photoThe Thai Herbal  Compress used in Thai Massage contains these same ingredients – used for inflammation and pain. This is the inspiration of an essential oil remedy. 

Reducing pain is a highly sought after therapy. Several methods have been developed to accomplish this goal. These include acupuncture, acupressure, Thai massage, Rolfing, Biofeedback and more. Essential oils are a must-have as an adjunct to or as a main management tool for pain and inflammation.

Some popular oils used for pain and inflammation are:

German Chamomile





Taking influence from Tom Yum soup and other Asian delights, you will find an array of essential oils for pain and inflammation that exude the familiar spicy, citrus, and earthy Asian aromas.  These are potent and effective analgesic essential oils and well documented for their anti-inflammatory action.  Some Asian, tropical and all around yummy spices and aromatics you may include in a pain relieving massage or treatment lotion are:

Turmeric Photo

Turmeric Root

Black Pepper



Litsea Cubeba

Litsea Cubeba



Litsea Cubeba

Plai (Thai Ginger)



Our preference is to use the supercritical CO2 extracts of ginger and turmeric. These have the added flavonoids and phenolic compounds not available in the essential oil.

You can get a ready to use and tested formula inspired by the Thai Massage herbal compress ball, called Thai Therapy – a powerful analgesic and anti-inflammatory blend. Add Thai Therapy essential oil blend to any cream, lotion or oil base.Thai Therapy Photo




You can make this quick and easy Asian influenced essential oil anti-inflammatory and pain relieving massage formula.

18% Ginger Supercritical CO2 extract

29% Lime (cold pressed organic)

20% Litsea cubeba

17% Ravensare

16% Patchouli